Vice President, Manufacturing and Supply Chain

A position in available beginning

Fairbanks Scales, located in downtown Kansas City, has been providing top quality industrial weighing equipment and dependable service for more than 185 years.  We continue to break new ground and set new standards in weighing equipment and systems engineering.   We currently have an outstanding opportunity for a Vice President, Manufacturing and Supply Change to join our team.   In this position, the Vice President will be based at our KC Corporate office and provide management, direction, strategy, planning and execution of the Company’s multi-plant manufacturing operations at both of our plant locations in Vermont and Mississippi.  

The Vice President of Manufacturing and Supply Change is a key member of the Executive Leadership Team and reports to the CEO. The Vice President of Manufacturing leads all aspects of manufacturing, assembly, logistics, supply chain, and quality functions. This includes implementing best practices in materials management, short and long-term production planning, logistics solutions, and supplier relationship management. The Vice President of Manufacturing and Supply Change must be a hands-on collaborative leader who is strategic yet flexible and detail-oriented.


Strategic Planning and Implementation:

  • Lead manufacturing operations strategic plan, from development to implementation, ensuring business plans and operational expenditures support the organization's goals.
  • Reduce expenses and increase productivity across all aspects of operations without impacting quality.
  • Oversees the analysis and appraisal of the effectiveness and utilization of all manufacturing operations and drives optimization across the organization.
  • Work closely with the Vice President Engineering to improve the interaction between manufacturing and engineering and optimize the utilization of engineering resources.
  • Champions Lean and best practice implementation and sustainment.
  • Use a data driven approach to analyze situations, identifying root cause to develop and implement effective process improvements.


Operations Management:

  • Ensures the execution and adherence of safety policies in compliance with company safety program to prevent work-related injuries across plants.
  • Achieve financial and performance goals related to: 1) on-time ship, 2) quality, 3) capacity planning, 4) cost control and reduction, 5) strategic sourcing, 6) supply chain management, 7) freight, 8) overseas sourcing.
  • Direct the development, planning, implementation, and maintenance of manufacturing methods for new or existing products and technologies, using process, quality, and production improvement methodologies in compliance with safety, state, and federal regulations.
  • Trace to ensure customer orders are on-time and demonstrate the highest level of quality control.
  • Ensure appropriate reporting tools are in place to monitor results with a focus of driving continual improvement, efficiency, and effectiveness of key business processes.
  • Analyze delivery, inventory, and quality issues to provide solutions.


People/Team Leadership:

  • Directs and motivates plant management teams to drive stronger results while promoting creativity, innovation and proactive problem solving.
  • Employ sound leadership skills to build relationships and maintain clear lines of communication with individuals based on a high degree of trust and credibility.
  • Lead operations to build and drive a best in-class manufacturing and supply chain management organization. Provide and ensure sound, consistent operational processes built to achieve and exceed industry best practices.
  • Promotes ongoing communications, collaboration and change management.
  • Create and maintain a culture of excellence though focused performance goal setting, coaching, and actively removing barriers to success while highlighting positive results and aggressively addressing negative situations.
  • Ensure the commitment to a positive customer experience is upheld through decisions and actions made by managers and teams throughout the operations organization.


Job Requirements:

  • At least 10 years in a leadership position in a senior level manufacturing leadership capacity, preferably in a multi-site, multi-state manufacturing and service organization, preferably in electronics manufacturing and/or metal fabrication
  • Bachelor's in Engineering, Operations, Logistics, or Business.
  • Experience in managing and developing quality systems, including management of a continuous improvement process
  • Experience in manufacturing engineering and facility layout
  • Experience in engineering management
  • Expertise in materials management, planning through procurement and negotiation of vendor relationships
  • Strength in inventory management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
  • Experience in lean and just in time manufacturing preferable
  • Exceptional leadership capability, superb communication skills
  • Creative and well versed in contemporary manufacturing concepts
  • Experience in managing in a union environment also a plus
  • Up to 50% of travel


Fairbanks Scales offers an exceptional company culture – we value our employees!  We provide an extremely competitive benefits package. Please visit our website to learn more about us

EOE Veterans/Disabled/Women/Minorities

Fairbanks Scales provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Fairbanks Scales complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Fairbanks Scales expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Fairbanks Scales’ employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.


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Fairbanks employees are eligible for medical and dental insurance on the first of the month following 30 days employment. We also provide company paid life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, tuition reimbursement and sick and vacation time. We recognize the importance of financial planning and offer employees a 401(k) Savings Plan.